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The Year Is '42

3.13  ·  Rating Details ·  92 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Wehrmacht officer Karl Bazinger is living the high life in Occupied Paris. But with his glamorous dinner companions and his open disdain for the Nazis, he begins to attract the attention of the SS. He is drawn into further trouble when he receives a suspicious visit from a friend who may be involved in resistance activities. To lower his profile, Karl requests a transfer t ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 11th 2006 by Vintage (first published November 1st 2004)
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Jori Richardson
It didn't take long to discover with great certainty how disappointing this book is. The stilted descriptions, the crazily unstructured plot, and most of all, the author's writing style (or perhaps it was the translation?).
A glance at the inside cover had intrigued me - it contained some of my favorite plot elements. World War II, spies, Paris, society... The author even dropped Coco Chanel's name.
Within just a few pages, however, I couldn't help but choose another book off my library pile to re
Jun 29, 2011 Losososdiane rated it really liked it
This novel requires the reader to pay close attention and leap from location to location without much plot. I like this type of writing as it assumes the reader is capable of understanding. The characters are sensitively portrayed, not the usual black-and-white of war novels. The scenes in the salon in Paris are riveting while the scenes at Karl's home in Germany are tender. His relationship with is son is so real, so caring that you feel a great sense of dread for this family and how they are a ...more
Nella Bielski's short novel The Year is '42 is ambitious in scope, but ultimately fails to convince. In a scant 200 pages, Bielski tries to relate two stories, that of a German officer and a Soviet doctor, and thereby illuminate the horror of war or something to that effect. Karl Bazinger is a German officer stationed in Paris in 1942, who is unwittingly implicated in his friend Hans Bielenberg's activities as a Soviet spy. Bazinger is supposedly a thoroughly decent man, a veteral of World War I ...more
Rikke Jacobsen
Jul 23, 2011 Rikke Jacobsen rated it liked it
1942: la barbarie est à l'oeuvre en Europe. l'Allemagne a quasiment défait tout le continent et menace la Russie. Dans Paris occupé, Karl Bazinger, officier de la Wehrmacht, réalise qu'il ne peut plus ignorer ce qu'est cette guerre. Aventurier, voyageur, parfait gentleman, Karl a jusqu'alors toujours privilégié la vie politique mais désormais il s'interroge sur le régime qu'il sert. En Allemagne, son ami de la Luftwaffe, Hans Bielenberg, a trouvé la réponse dont il sait avec certitude qu'elle le ...more
Aug 17, 2009 Moni rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hated-it
I didn't enjoy this book. It was apparently translated from french or russian. there's no quotation marks indicating someone speaking. The three parts of the novel, in my opinion, do not flow into a story of interest. I'm not sure of the point of the story other than the suffering of the characters through the German War. It just skipped around too much from one person to another- I won't recommend it.
Elizabeth Carr
Apr 30, 2013 Elizabeth Carr rated it it was amazing
Its a book about everything and nothing, the storyline is not a vast central drama, but rather a difficult year in lives lived as one must in such difficult locations as Paris, Berlin, Moscow and Kiev during 1942. The simplicity of the prose belies its depth. I'm tempted to pick it back up and start over again.
Dec 02, 2009 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-translation
This stunning novel set in Paris,Berlin and Kiev during 1942 following the lives of three characters at this time is both atmospheric and heartbreaking.

Having read many novels set during wartime by western European and American writers it was nice to get an Eastern European perspective.

Highly Recommended
Nov 19, 2010 Liviu rated it liked it
Shelves: mainstream, read_2010
A fast but flat (translation maybe?) book that has its moments but lacks intensity or emotion; the motivations of the main character are never very clear while the war stands in the background for the most part and the soviet repression is barely touched upon
Laura Edwards
Oct 31, 2014 Laura Edwards rated it it was ok
Disappointing. Strange, confusing writing style. Characters are not well-developed, hence I did not really care what happened to them. Finally, about 3/4 of the way through, an interesting character is introduced, but by then it's too late for me.
Due fronti della Seconda Guerra Mondiale, due storie flebilmente collegate fra loro. Nulla di speciale, forse pure poco memorabile, ma il libro è ben scritto, scorre via facilmente.
D Cox
Oct 16, 2012 D Cox rated it did not like it
I really didn't enjoy this. I only finished it because it was short. Bits intrigued me but were never taken further.
I'm sure some people will love it-but not me.
Jan 18, 2009 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is written in s very conversational format. Good book.
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